Wednesday, 27 May 2015

"Commuting is a migraine-inducing life-suck."

"Commuting is a migraine-inducing life-suck." I couldn't agree more. There's plenty of evidence that people with lengthy commutes suffer more from pain, stress, obesity, and dissatisfaction.

Living in Musselburgh the commuter culture is obvious to see, with our town centre snarled up every morning and evening. I'd love to see the High St filled instead with adults and children, walking, scooting and cycling as they head to and from work, school, shops and homes.

But even if we accept that there will always been a need for commuting through and out of our town, how do we adapt it to become less stressful and instead a positive contribution to health, the economy and quality of life?

At the moment you couldn't pay me to cycle up Musselburgh High Street, and my own commute by bike into Edinburgh most days is great but not plain sailing.

And if I make a note of all the risky junctions, bad parking and lack of priority for cyclists in the area I end up with a town map more spotted than a Chicken Poxed child.

What other improvements do we need to see in Musselburgh to make it a cycle-friendly community? If we can make a start on these issues we can start to change our "life-suck" commuter culture. Who'd be against that?


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